Diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in 2006, Daisi has spent the past 5 years overcoming the physical, emotional and mental damage of having meningococcal meningitis. Daisi wants to give hope to people like her whos lives have been interrupted and shattered by the disease to rebuild their legacy. “When I was sick I really thought that was the end for me and I felt that all that I had accomplished was gone but I made it through and I started focusing on how I could use this experience to make myself better. Meningitis shouldn’t be the end for anyone.”
Meningococcal Meningitis is a form of meningococcal disease, a serious and potentially fatal bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because meningitis symptoms can be misdiagnosed as viral illnesses such as flu symptoms. Many who survive meningococcal meningitis are left with serious medical problems including amputation of limbs, severe scarring, brain damage, and psychological problems.
National Meningitis Association
The National Meningitis Association, Inc. (NMA) is a national non-profit charity founded in July, 2002. The primary goal of NMA is to educate and increase awareness of meningococcal disease. The founding members were personally affected by the tragedy of meningococcal disease. NMA’s mission is to educate families, medical professionals and others about bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease. NMA is focused on raising awareness and protection among adolescents and young adults, many of whom can be protected through education and vaccination efforts.
For more information about Daisi Pollard Sepúlveda, Mrs. Ethnic World International 2012 and her involvement with the National Meningitis Association, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Meningitis, the National Meningitis Association and the Give Kids A Shot Gala, please visit www.nmaus.org.